GHOUL The Band… Now, GHOUL The Comic Book!

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Calling all GHOULunatics! They’ve splattered the stage, now they’re going to splatter the page…GHOUL is starring in their own comic book and it’s being launched with a crowdfunding campaign on Kickstarter!
GHOUL: Born To Kill is a horror anthology that takes place in GHOUL‘s home country of Creepsylvania. It features GHOUL, some regular characters from their stage show, as well as other Creepsylvanian murderers, mutants, and monsters. The whole book was written and drawn by Ross Sewage, who some may know as the bass player for death metal bands Exhumed and Impaled.
“I love GHOUL‘s music and I love their very real, very true backstory,” said Sewage. “I thought comic books would be a great medium to get more tales from Creepsylvania into the hands of their rabid fans. Kickstarter seemed like the perfect place to let those rabid fans take part in bringing it to life. If this goes well, hopefully there’ll be more to come!”
GHOUL is equally excited about jumping into a new medium. “Ross who?” said Cremator of GHOUL. “Oh yeah, that guy who got me super drunk that one night. He pumped me for some stories about home. I guess he drew a comic book or something.”
The GHOUL comic book Kickstarter campaign features GHOUL related rewards, such as art prints, stickers and buttons, custom painted GHOUL drumheads, and an exclusive t-shirt design. It can be found at Kickstarter here: https://kickstarter.com/projects/1580350557/ghoul-the-band-presents-ghoul-the-comic-book.

SUNN O))) Announces The Release Of Pyroclasts, Confirmed For Release Through Southern Lord On October 25th; Trailer Posted

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SUNN O))) will release Pyroclasts through Southern Lord on October 25th. The album’s cover art, track listing, and a trailer have been issued.
 
The Pyroclasts album is the result of a daily practice which was regularly performed each morning, or evening during the two week Life Metal sessions at Electrical Audio during July 2018, when all of the days musical participants would gather and work through a twelve-minute improvised modal drone at the start and or end of the day’s work. The piece performed was timed with a stopwatch and tracked to two-inch tape, it was an exercise and a chance to dig into a deep opening or closing of the day’s session in a deep musical way with all of the participants. To connect/reconnect, liberate the creative mind a bit and greet each other and the space through the practice of sound immersion. The players across the four pieces of Pyroclasts are Tim Midyett, Tos Nieuwenhuizen, Hildur Guðnadóttir, and as always, SUNN O)) founders Stephen O’Malley and Greg Anderson.
The music on Pyroclasts is inextricably woven to Life Metal. It exists on the very same tape reels, was explicitly recorded by Steve Albini. The brightness and vividness of that glorious session glares through these four tracks, the precision and radiance, prismatic lustrousness of the saturation, the elemental sculptural shapes, the abstract renderings. It is a sister, or perhaps a shadow album. Or perhaps the now apparent miasma or aether. But it also exists in a form of a pause, a time space which exist in between and around the compositional structures of SUNN O)))‘s titanic works.
For the listener or recipient/participant there are deep rewards within the patience of pulling down the walls and letting the music feel and feel the music. To be immersed will reveal great detail and color, clarify image, encourage a depth of focus and stillness which may lead to a quite profound experience. Sitting inside the space of time. A deep form of elementalism, even atomism, and connection with presence moment, time and reality.
SUNN O))) would invite our audience to consider these points of perception when experiencing and listening to Pyroclasts. SUNN O))) would also invite and encourage their audience to use Pyroclastsasa lens to review and re-experience the complexity of the Life Metal album, and even to interrupt its sequence with Pyroclasts. This elaboration can bring the astute listener both abyssal, hallowed rewards.
Pyroclasts was recorded and mixed by Steve Albini at Electrical Audio on two-inch tape July 2018 and mastered by Matt Colton through all analogue AAA process at Metropolis July 2019. Four of Samantha Keely Smith’s incredible consciousness memory landscapes grace the album sleeve artwork.
Stephen O’Malley and Greg Anderson would like to dedicate this album to the memories of Ron Guardipee, Kerstin Daley, and Scott Walker.
View the trailer for SUNN O)))’s Pyroclasts at THIS LOCATION.
Pyroclasts Track Listing:
SIDE A:
Frost (C)
Kingdoms (G)
SIDE B:
Ampliphædies (E)
Ascension (A)
SUNN O))) Tour Dates:
September 2019 – Western U.S.
9/01/2019 Granada – Dallas, TX w/ Papa M, Big|Brave [tickets]
9/02/2019 Emo’s – Austin, TX w/ Papa M, Big|Brave [tickets]
9/04/2019 The Gothic – Denver, CO w/ Papa M, Big|Brave [tickets]
9/06/2019 Metro Music Hall – Salt Lake City, UTw/ Papa M, Big|Brave, Eagle Twin [tickets]
9/07/2019 Arcosanti – Phoenix AZ w/ Papa M, Big|Brave [tickets]
9/08/2019 Mayan – Los Angeles, CA w/ Papa M, Big|Brave [tickets]
9/09/2019 The Fillmore – San Francisco, CA w/ Papa M, Big|Brave [tickets]
9/11/2019 The Showbox – Seattle, WA w/ Papa M [tickets]
9/12/2019 Revolution Hall – Portland, OR w/ Papa M [tickets]
9/15/2019 Hollywood Forever – Los Angeles, CA [Shoshin (初心) Duo] [tickets]
Let There Be Drone (Multiple Gains Stages) October 2019
10/07/2019 Backstage – Munich, DE w/ Caspar Brötzmann Bass Totem [tickets]
10/08/2019 HfG / ZKM – Karlsruhe, DE w/ Caspar Brötzmann Bass Totem [tickets]
10/09/2019 Kaserne Basel – Basel, CH w/ Caspar Brötzmann Bass Totem [tickets]
10/10/2019 Felsenkeller – Leipzig, DE w/ Caspar Brötzmann Bass Totem [tickets]
10/11/2019 Unsound Festival – Krakow, PL
10/13/2019 Kablys – Vilnius, LT w/ Caspar Brötzmann Bass Totem [tickets]
10/14/2019 Vene Teater – Tallinn, EE w/ Caspar Brötzmann Bass Totem [tickets]
10/15/2019 Kulttuuritalo – Helsinki, FI w/ Caspar Brötzmann Bass Totem [tickets]
10/17/2019 Kraken Sthlm – Stockholm, SE w/ Carl Michael Von Hausswolff [tickets]
10/18/2018 Kulturkirchen Jakob – Oslo, NO w/ Runhild Gammelsæter & Lass Marhaug Duo [tickets]
10/19/2019 BLA – Oslo, NO [Shoshin (初心) Duo] w/ Runhild Gammelsæter & Lass Marhaug Duo DJ set [tickets]
10/21/2019 Koncerthuset – Copenhagen, DK w/ Puce Mary [tickets]
10/22/2019 Doornroosje – Nijmegen, NL [tickets]
10/24/2019 SWX – Bristol, UK w/ Anna Von Hausswolff [tickets]
10/25/2019 QMU – Glasgow, UK w/ Anna Von Hausswolff [tickets]
10/26/2019 The Crossing – Birmingham, UK w/ Anna Von Hausswolff [tickets]
10/27/2019 Albert Hall – Manchester, UK w/ Anna Von Hausswolff [tickets]
10/28/2019 Roundhouse – London, UK w/ Anna Von Hausswolff [tickets]
INCOMING IN 2020…
La Gaîté Lyrique presents:
SUNN O))) – Let There Be Drone / One Residence, Two Concepts, Three Concerts
1/30/2020 / Life Metal
2/01/2019 / Life Metal
2/02/2020 / Shoshin (初心)

Interview with NYC’s Steele

Interview and written and conducted by Tess Casto

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How did your music journey begin? 

When I was a wee lad (around 3 years old) my dad bought me a pair of Pro-Mark Ringo drum sticks and would lay newspaper out on the cushion of an armchair and put on the Tears for Fears “Best of” for me to beat along to. Slowly as I got older I was introduced to a real drum kit and started drumming in bands with my older sisters friends when I was 12. More recently I’ve taught myself guitar and bass and started writing my own material.

Were there any notable influences such as family or bands/musicians? 

My dad, my mom, and their broad collection of CDs.

Being in “The Britanys” how would say this has impacted your sound?

I learned a lot about songwriting and melody through writing as committee w the boys. Just from watching Lucas orchestrate ideas, I’ve grown a lot.

Since having a solo project, how does it differ from being in a band full of other members?

It’s more introspective because I’m just sat alone with headphones. Both are different enough experiences to stay fresh and influence one another. In one, you get the joy of collaborating with others and making something special, with the other you get free reign to make something fully personal. Both are nice.

What’s your favorite part about being in the music industry?

Good question. I’m not sure there’s any logic in why I want to be a part of it, but I haven’t gotten a “real” job yet.

Since you live in NYC, do you have any favorite concert venues there?

MSG baby!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

If you could collaborate with any artist, who would it be?

Brian Eno, that’s my rock n roll pope~

Lastly, are there any upcoming releases we should be on the lookout for?

Gonna start playing live in September and release two more songs in the next few months. Just made merch, DM 4 one!!

 

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Between The Buried and Me and The Contortionist at Rex Theater

BTBAM, The Contortionist, and Nick Johnston stopped at the Rex Theater in Pittsburgh on their most recent tour. The following lineup was a “progressive” powerhouse.

Nick Johnston was on before the main acts came on. My favorite part about going into this show was the fact I didn’t hear his studio releases prior. I love being surprised and that’s exactly what happened. Nick put on such a fantastic half-hour set. It felt so much shorter than half an hour. I hope to see him again on tour soon!

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Up next was The Contortionist. Being formed by in 2007 and hailing Indianapolis, Indiana, this progressive band has been making their stride for over a decade. Releasing four albums and a mass of EPs, their discography offers a selection for everyone. Half of the list were songs from their most recent album “Clairvoyant”. Then the latter was from their previous works. The overall set moved at a delightful pace.

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Last but not least, Between The Buried and Me. Another band native to the USA, BTBAM are based out of Raleigh, North Carolina. Starting out in 2000, the band has seen many lineup changes but still has continued on strong with two of the original members Rogers (lead vocals/keyboard) and Waggoner (lead guitar/backing vocals). The setlist mainly compromised of songs from both “The Parallax II: Future Sequence” and “Automata II”.  Though the set was made up of twelve songs, the beautiful attribute that has made progressive bands different from the rest is that their songs are quite longer than the normal song. 

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All and in all, the artists and bands did a magnificent job. Its been quite a while since I’ve been to a prog show, and I was not disappointed!